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>> next item, madam clerk. >> item 35 is a resolution urging the city and county of san francisco to make go solar sf a permanent program, to require solar installation on all new construction or substantial retro fits in the city, establishing solar vision goals for 2020, and establishing an overall megawatt solar energy goal for the city. >> thank you. president chiu. >> first i want to thank all the leaders of our local solar movement here in san francisco that have been really leading the country in how we as a city embrace solar energies in these new sustainable source he. colleagues, i ask for your support today on this resolution to take our city's leadership in solar to the next level. in 2008 san francisco launched go solar s.f., and we received $65 million in private investment, the headquartering of major solar leaders in san francisco in the bay area, and over 120 solar jobs for many diverse residents who otherwise would have faced significant employment barriers. our city has seen firsthand the benefits of solar energy, keeping housing affordable, increasing property values, creating jobs, and promoting environmental justice. the question that is in froth
of us today is how do we expand and sustain these efforts ~ as we aspire to reach a greenhouse gas-free electric system by 2030. the resolution we have in front of us lays out a solar vision 2020, a road map of how we get there. this vision has three components. first, it propose he he the permanent establishment and funding of $5 million a year annually to go solar s.f.'s incentive program after the program's previous funding expires in 2018. secondly, it establishes a 50 megawatt solar panel goal for san francisco with at least two megawatts for existing tenant occupied residences annually. and thirdly, it supports a requirement that our roofs be sustainable, that solar panels and rooftop gardenses be installed on all-new construction or substantial retrofit where feasible. and for the department of the environmental to convene stakeholders to work on this implementation. solar vision 2020 will help san
francisco uphold our reputation as a leader in the solar movement and again i want to thank the san francisco department of the environment as well as the commission. i want to thank members of the industry, members of labor, our nonprofit organizations, our solar industry worker and advocates who have really come together to move this forward. with that, colleague, i ask for your support. >> thank you, president chiu. colleagues, can we take this item same house same call? this item is adopted. thank you. [gavel] >> madam clerk, please call the next item. >> item 36 is a resolution standing with muslim and arab communities in the face of anti-arab and anti-muslim bus advertisements. >> president chiu. >> thank you, colleagues. you may remember a few years ago unfortunately there were too many antimuslim bus advertisements on our muni buses that were put in our city. we at that point announced to this body that i have a resolution to do that again with the most recent round. colleagues, i have circulated an amendment of the whole with a couple of techv any cal clean-up amendments and i would
ask that we amend it and that we continue this item for one week. there are a number of community members that did wish to speak about this and hope to do this next week. >> thank you. so, there is a motion to continue this for one week. colleagues? >> and to amend. >> and to amend as well. so, can we take the amendments without objection, colleagues? same house same call. [gavel] >> >> that will be to november 4, mr. president? >> and can we do that without objection? [gavel] >> thank you. please call the next item. >> mr. president, would you like me to call the closed session item, item 31? >> yes, if we could call the two item related to jpa. >> item 31 is a motion that the board of supervisors convene in closed session on october 28, 2014, for the purpose of conferring with or receiving advice from the city attorney regarding anticipated litigation relating to the potential negotiation or adoption of a joint power agreement with the city of richmond to establish a homeownership stabilization authority to assist homeowners with troubled mortgages, in which the city is a potential defendant; pursuant to california government code, section 54956.9(a), and san francisco administrative code, section 67.10(d)(2), which permit this closed session because discussion in open session concerning this matter would likely and unavoidably prejudice the position of the city in anticipated litigation.
as it pertains to item 32, a resolution authorizing negotiation of a joint power agreement with the city of richmond to establish a homeownership stabilization authority to assist homeowners with troubled mortgages. ~ stabilization authority. >> so, colleague, at this time do we need to go into closed session? supervisor avalos. >> thank you. i've actually hoping that we don't have to go into closed session and through some discussion that we had here on the board of supervisors, i think there might be a pathway to resolution that could be supported by everyone. i really hope that could be the case. i still think it helps to move the city forward on an issue that's affecting a lot of middle class, working class households that are struggling with their mortgages even in our economic boom that we're experiencing here in san francisco today. colleagues, for many years i have been talking about the need to support household that are struggling with mortgages, a lot of household that are under water, a lot of household that have mortgages that are not ideal in order to maintain your wealth. some of them are based on
predatory practices, some of them are held in private labels, securitization trusts that are really hard to get at when you want to do loan modifications. in the past we've actually, up until the present, what we've done is we've resourced a number of community-based organizations to assist households and counseling and looking at how to modify loans and the track record haant been all that great in terms of really able to provide a large number of households to present the need to modify their loans with actual loan modifications. and then also when you get a loan modification you have a reduction in your interest rate that's temporary and then it balloons up in years to come and your mortgage is extended another ten years or so. they aren't ideal situationses. they aren't one that take into reality the longevity people have and maintaining a steady income well into their 70s. i don't believe that they work well for san francisco and we
need to re-look at what our programs are providing as a city to city residents around supporting distressed mortgages. i have talked a number of times with the mayor's office of housing. i've actually talked to the controller's office about this as well, this issue of distressed mortgageses and trying to come up with a plan for it ~. i even put language into the housing trust fund prop c in 2012 that would address the need to support households in the seventh part of san francisco where you have single-family homes, where you have household that are working to maintain their mortgages. at the last minute, the housing trust fund section that was called homeowner stabilization fund was changed to the housing stabilization fund and the idea that we had around supporting struggling homeowners with mortgages was really alleviated
with that language and taken out. and, you know, the mayor's office of housing gets a lot of credit from me for their work around affordable housing, development, and working with numerous communities across san francisco in trying to maximize local dollars. i give them a lot of credit for that. but there's a real blind spot when it come to providing support for households that are struggling with their mortgages. and, so, i think -- i actually believe -- i haven't been doing the best work i can in trying to move this forward. i have talked till i was blue in the face. but i wanted to move towards action. one of the problems we have in our loan modificationses why they're so difficult to achieve, because there's a lot of resistance from the banks that help make them happen and we need some tools to have leverage over the banks to actually negotiate with a stronger presence so we can get better results.
i looked at the s.f. care's program, joining jpa with the city of richmond to get us in that direction. i don't believe there is support to get there today on the spot, but i do believe it's possible to get the city to look at this issue more deeply, to invest in possibly this approach, the sdsf cares approach [speaker not understood], using private investors who can negotiate the purchase of mortgages with the eminent domain as a backstop to help make that happen. there are other approaches as well that haven't been looked at. so, i have an amendment of the whole for this resolution that is really more looking at how we can as a city go deeper into studying the issue, what's working, what's not working in terms of supporting households
with distressed mortgage, how can we explore more deeply the potential for partnership with the city of richmond and their principal reduction program, and this is a resolution, it's urging rather than making anything happen. and, so, that's why i believe it's possible to get your full support. so, as a member of the whole, i want to go over quickly and i think once you hear the language for it i think it's really possible that we could all support this and moving forward. ~ amendment of the whole you all have a copy with the chart changes before you. from establishing homeownership stabilization authority, we actually have an establishment of joint powers authority, we have [speaker not understood] homeowner stabilization authority, and other approaches he to assist homeowners with troubled mortgages. so, we're moving from actually
negotiating an actual jopa to looking into establishing a jpa ~. and i do want to emphasize that we've worked closely with ace, the alliance of california communities for empowerment on this approach overall and they are okay with these changes that we are proposing and i wouldn't actually make these amendments without their understanding and recognition. so, then, we're moving into the resolution as is described in the bold language, resolution urging that a study of a potential joint powers agreement with the city of richmond to establish a homeownership stabilization authority as well as other possible approaches to assist homeowners with troubled mortgages. so, now we're moving away from this shall be done by the controller or the mayor's office of housing, but that we will look into [speaker not understood] that they study the issue for potential joint
powers authority. of course, i want there to be a study in earnest and i want there to be actual work in addressing whether this is a real thing with the controller's office analysis, [speaker not understood] make happen. so, i'm hoping that the controller can oblige all of us if we vote on this resolution. then in the amendment of the whole you have before us, i'd like to make an amendment to this because i found we were rushing this together, on page 2 lines 18 through 22, and i want to thank supervisor norman yee for pointing this out to me. we have language that's duplicated elsewhere in the resolution. i would like to take out that section, to delete that section, lines 18 through 22 as part of page 2. i'll move on, the rest of the resolution is the same up until
the third page when we get to our first resolve clause which says that, resolved that the board of supervisors of the city and county of san francisco is commit today assisting homeowners with troubled pos mortgages and here by directs the controller in consul tatetion with the city attorney's office, director of the mayor's office of housing and director of real estate to study a potential joint exercise of powers agreement with the city of richmond and possibly other public agencies that could contain the following provisions, and then that's listed below as they were listed below in the original version that came before this amendment of the whole. so, now we are moving from negotiate to study a potential thing that will be made. and then, again, based on
supervisor yee's clear, well done proofreading, we'd like to change one of the second -- swap the second resolved clause with the third resolved clause. it just reads a little bit better that way. so, the third resolved clause is where we have the amendments that says, further resolved, and i take it, it say the following negotiation of the joint powers agreement by the controller -- instead, it will say that the board of supervisors urges the controller to provide the study -- again, it's a study -- of the proposed joint powers agreement and other possible approach he to assist homeowners with pos mortgage to the board of supervisors within 75 days of the approval of the board of supervisors of this resolution. and then we have another resolve clause later on that page that adds some language,
takes out some language. i'll read it here. that the board of supervisors here by directs the mayor's office of housing to contact homeowner with pos loan to assess their interest in participating ~ in a program to assist them. we also want to make sure we're getting an understanding of the breadth of mortgages that are out there that are in the pos category as well. so, to me ins a resolution that is really urging the city to look into the issue, to come back with possibilities one of which could include a jpa and i would like to submit this as an amendment of the whole with that one section taken out and those two other sections flip-flopped. to me this helps to move the city forward. it asks there to be deeper work whether the mayor's office of housing, to address a blind spot that it had in the past and that would be something that could -- a tool -- tools
we could create in the future when we expect there will be a downturn that could affect people's ability to pay their property mortgages in the future even though the problem that we've experienced the past five years isn't quite as bad a it what in the past. there still are household that are struggling and we know there will be many more in the future. i also have accompanying this as part of my throe he ducks today, a hearing request for the mayor's office of housing to come to the board of supervisors and report on new program that they will provide for household that are dealing with distressed mortgages, looking in particulate some of the different phenomenons we have of -- phenomena we have of how mortgages are in the distressed condition under water household, how difficult it is to get a modification even if you get into
modifications with banks, and what the extent of private label securitization loans that are held in trust are in san francisco and what we expect those loans to do in future years where they could balloon or be in interest rates or cause greater distress for homeowners. ~ introduction so, i would like to submit this amendment of the whole. colleagues, i would ask for your support. later we'll get more information on what the city can do to provide support for studies, the mayor's office of housing, the controller's office if we support this urging resolution and then i don't believe we need to go into a closed session, and we can tie it up in a bow. >> supervisor avalos has made a motion for an amendment of the whole. is there a second to that? seconded by supervisor farrell. colleagues, any discussion on the motion to amend? without objection, we will adopt the amendment. [gavel] >> supervisor farrell. >> thank you, colleagues. first of all, i want to thank supervisor avalos for his work
on this issue. i think it's something we obviously support. given the revised lapping wa, hopefully again it is something that we all support here this evening. i would suggest that he we, unless people have specific legal questions, i know many have been briefed individually. i might suggest we don't go into closed session this evening and would -- i could do it right now, make a motion to table item number 30 [speaker not understood]. >> supervisor farrell has made a motion to table the closed session motion. seconded by supervisor yee. without objection, the motion to table passes. [gavel] >> supervisor cohen. >> thank you very much. i wanted to also to speak briefly on this issue. actually a travesty how, how we as a city have addressed or rather have not addressed the foreclosure crisis in san francisco. i'm glad to see in the chamber the mayor's office of housing here as well as members of the controller and budget office
here to listen to i think the small piece of public to comment that is here, but also to recognize the importance of homeownership, not just in a small section of san francisco, but the entire fabric of our city. and, supervisor avalos, i hope this measure will do exactly what you've described and would bring the parties to the table so that the conversation can continue to move forward and so that we can see action. particularly when i think about the discussionses around inclusionary housing that's coming on the market, when i think about some of the debates happening not only in the african-american community, also within the lgbt community of fear that people have, that units are coming online and there will be no protections to ensure that people who have been long-standing members of san francisco will have an opportunity to qualify and/or
get -- apply, get into these particular programs. so, not only do we need to discuss about foreclosure, we also need to have a more long term discussion about the lottery system in our city. thank you. >> supervisor yee. >> thank you, president chiu. i want to thank supervisor avalos for making those amendments and providing the opportunity to look at one pathway to the solution. i actually went out to somebody's home this morning who is having -- who is being -- facing foreclosure and it really hit home again, reminded me the fficulties of homeowners who get their mortgages bought by a secondary company and then all of a sudden there's a lot of issues. whether the accuracy of the information is provided to the
secondary mortgage companies and then all of a sudden you get a notice that you're foreclosed. i think we need to stand up as a city the difficulty homeowners are having with lending institutionses. >> supervisor avalos. >> thank you. i just wanted to -- there's been a lot of work on this resolution over the past many months. so, i want to thank people from the city attorney's office and the controller's office for their work on this. we had multiple meeting with community stakeholders and the private investors who will be partnering with the jpa. and i also want to thank jeremy pollack in my office for all of his work on this as well. he's done a tremendous amount of work, including ghost writing the op-ed, the examiner this morning. so, with that, colleague, i really urge your support on this resolution and i really think it's in the right pathway
that can put the fire power of the mayor's office of housing or the controller's office, my office, and whoever else wants to be involved in the process to start looking at real programs that can make a difference. working class, middle class houses that are struggling with their mortgageses. >> and with that, colleague, unless there is any more discussion, let's take a roll call vote. >> on item 32 as amended, supervisor cohen? cohen aye. supervisor farrell? farrell aye. supervisor kim? kim aye. supervisor mar? mar aye. supervisor tang? tang aye. supervisor wiener? wiener aye. supervisor yee? yee aye. supervisor avalos? avalos aye. supervisor breed? breed aye. supervisor campos? campos aye. supervisor chiu? chiu aye. there are 11 ayes. >> this resolution is adopted. [gavel] >> madam clerk, could you please read the in memoriams? >> yes, today's meeting will be adjourned in memory of the following beloved individuals. on behalf of supervisor tang at the suggestion of supervisor
tang on behalf of the full board of supervisors for the late mr. louis van [speaker not understood]. and ms. priscilla [speaker not understood]. >> i want to thank sfgov-tv with nona melkonian and jim smith for bringing this meeting to us. unfortunately while we were sitting here our giants were down. it is our duty as supervisors to root for our giants to make sure they win the world sear i. with that, madam clerk, are there any other item before us? >> go giants. >> with that, we are adjourned. go giants.
>> we broke ground in december of last year. we broke ground the day after sandy hook connecticut and had a moment of silence here. it's really great to see the silence that we experienced then and we've experienced over the years in this playground is now filled with these voices. >> 321, okay. [ applause ] >> the park was kind of bleak. it was scary and over grown. we started to help maclaren park when we found there wasn't any money in the bond for this park maclaren. we spent time for funding. it was expensive to raise money for this and there were a lot of delays. a lot of it was just
the mural, the sprinklers and we didn't have any grass. it was that bad. we worked on sprinkler heads and grass and we fixed everything. we worked hard collecting everything. we had about 400 group members. every a little bit helped and now the park is busy all week. there is people with kids using the park and using strollers and now it's safer by utilizing it. >> maclaren park being the largest second park one of the best kept secrets. what's exciting about this activation in particular is that it's the first of many. it's also representation of our city coming together but not only on the bureaucratic side of things. but also our neighbors, neighbors helped this happen. we are thrilled that today we are seeing the
fruition of all that work in this city's open space. >> when we got involved with this park there was a broken swing set and half of -- for me, one thing i really like to point out to other groups is that when you are competing for funding in a hole on the ground, you need to articulate what you need for your park. i always point as this sight as a model for other communities. >> i hope we continue to work on the other empty pits that are here. there are still a lot of areas that need help at maclaren park. we hope grants and money will be available to continue to improve this park to make it shine. it's a really hidden jewel. a lot of people don't know it's here.